Taylor Stanley first danced with BallectCollective in 2011 for our NYC debut. With his powerful force imbuing every moment, Taylor's distinct quality makes its mark and inspires. Here is my Q & A with Taylor: Me: What does BalletCollective mean to you? Taylor: BalletCollective has always allowed a strong sense of unity and closeness to form. Not only do the dancers create a stronger bond, but the musicians, the writers, the lighting and costume designers, everyone contributes in the most unique way! BalletCollective opens my eyes and gives me access into other artists' worlds from whom I receive the most inspiration. What do you enjoy about working with Troy? Troy definitely challenges me to step out of my comfort zone beyond the dancing and the movement. There is a personality, a very specific disposition that every character is given, and is required to uphold. I think what's most thrilling for me is the journey towards becoming that character in all of its entirety. After a hard day of dancing, what is your favorite meal? I will never refuse Thai food, or a big burger with fries! Your most memorable onstage moment?
My most memorable moment onstage would have to be in George Balanchine's Square Dance. There was a real sense of community onstage between the dancers that I loved being a part of. I felt the most joy dancing this ballet.
What's your favorite way to pass time?
I love coming home to my dog, Theo, and taking him on long walks through the park. Sadly, also, I love to clean.
What are you reading?
As much of a procrastinator as I am about books, I most recently have been reading Malcolm Gladwell's What The Dog Saw. From time to time, I'll revisit a Harry Potter book.
What's the most recent song/album you've downloaded?
I am in love with this new British artist, Laura Mvula. Her album is called "Sing to the Moon". Check her out!!!!!
If you could die and come back as an animal, what would you be?
The birds of paradise really fascinate me. They are extremely beautiful, and mysterious! So maybe one of those?
Your greatest influence?
My dance studio growing up I think has made a huge impact on my life. My teachers taught from their hearts, and paid close attention to our passion for dance, as well as our bonds with other friends and teachers. They became like a second family to me, and the studio a second home. I could not thank them enough for encouraging me to follow my dreams.
Anything else you'd like people to know about you...
I have a new found love for San Francisco, California :)
Photo: Erin Baiano
Taylor and I have danced (and gotten promoted to soloist) together at City Ballet but never as closely as we have in BalletCollective. Through BalletCollective we have built an amazing relationship and partnership. I adore Taylor. I especially love the chemistry and intensity we have when performing together. Taylor is the first partner that I feel completely connected to when onstage. We are in sync and always living in the moment. Those moments I will never forget!